Who does not love a good brownie? Who does not love a good coffee? Do we really need to answer these questions? These tasty bites stand apart. They are at once dessert and energy bar, and a sweetly ideal companion to ice cream, fruit, yogurt, hot caramel drizzle or simply a good, fresh brewed cup of coffee. And for dunking... a pure delight. These coffee date nut brownies are a dense and powerful treat. Cut them into small bites to bring along on a hike. They also have that distinguished texture that make them perfect as a classy treat to serve after a formal dinner.
1 cup walnuts, chopped
(Substitute roasted pumpkin seeds if you have a nut allergy)
1¼ cup pitted dates, chopped into small pieces and well packed
1 tbsp Turkish Ground Costa Rican Coffee
½ cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tbsp water
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Process the dates in a food processor until they appear to form a dough.
Turn off the food processor. With a knife, loosen the date mixture. Add the chopped walnuts. Add the coffee grounds, cocoa, 1 1/2 tbsp water, 1 tbsp vanilla extract and a pinch of salt.
Process until evenly blended. The mixture will clump.
Line a loaf pan with parchment paper. Empty the brownie mixture in the pan, pressing it down firmly.
Refrigerate, uncovered, for an hour before cutting and serving. Store unused portions in an airtight container, in the fridge.
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